When You Wish Upon a Rogue: A Debutante Diaries Novel Mass Market Paperback – 26 May 2020
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (26 May 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250199506
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250199508
- Dimensions : 10.39 x 2.29 x 17.42 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 311,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Expertly tugs at the heartstrings. - Publishers Weekly on When You Wish Upon a RogueReaders who love a grumpy-to-smitten hero will swoon. - Kirkus on When You Wish Upon a Rogue A dashing Regency romance featuring a wounded earl and an unyielding heroine with strong convictions. - Library Journal on When You Wish Upon a Rogue
About the Author
Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom's bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags--and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart(R). She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Other weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Anna's books include of the Wayward Wallflowers series and the Debutante Diaries series.
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Reese, Earl of Warshire, is lately returned from the Peninsula Wars and suffering from both survivor’s guilt and PTSD, both of which have combined to give him an insomnia which is absolutely destroying him mentally. But here’s the thing; although HE thinks it’s just Sophie’s presence which is helping, it’s obvious to the reader that Sophie is, all unknowing, actually conducting psychological therapy sessions with Reese which are helping him to deal with and move past his trauma. Combined with some herbal remedies (and yes, valerian really is a good natural remedy for insomnia) she does cure him, but there’s nothing magical about it at all. Even though he thinks there is.
Sophie’s got her own problems, with a family sliding rapidly into debt and the weight of rescuing them on her shoulders. Betrothed to a man she has no interest in whatsoever, she doesn’t want to fall for Reese, but as she gets to know him, it’s pretty much inevitable. He’s also the first man who’s really taken the time to get to know her, and she finds she likes the person she’s allowed to be with him, rather than the stifled version she’d have to be as the wife of her destined husband.
This is the third in a series about three young women who write a revolutionary feminist gossip column, but you absolutely don’t have to have read the others to thoroughly enjoy this. Sophie is a delight and Reese a good man struggling under an intolerable burden, and there’s a lovely cast of well-realised supporting characters who all have their part to play. Five stars for an excellent read.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.
I absolutely loved this book - couldn't put it down. The energy of the Debutante Underground and the loyalty of Sophie's friends really made me wish I knew these women. The hero is a delightful balance of darkness and kindness - I couldn't help but adore him.
As for the romance... pining and longing all wrapped up in a Hades and Persephone theme. Easily one of the best historical romances I've read recently.
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Mrs Anna Bennett with this classic tale of the destitute family selling out their daughter’s future right when she might have meet the one man for herself, proposes a heartfelt version of this common trope.
Sophie is the prim and proper miss, never straying, except for her (with her two friends help) one secret society, she never steps out of the pavement, always follows the rules and will do her duty for her family.
She is a loving soul, caring for everyone’s welfare, and trying her best with her few means.
Reese lives in guilt, the survivor’s guiltiness. Why is he still breathing when his older brother and his soldier friends not any more. So he blames and buries himself in his remorse, unable to sleep as he pledged by nightmares.
When encountering Sophie offers him a respite in his grim days and nights. By whatever magic she carries, she soothes his soul and help his find his rest. Thus his scandalous offer.
Their relationship is one of two fated souls, each easing the other’s struggles. From the very beginning, they institute a companionship based on honesty and truthfulness.
And will the clock is ticking, Sophie discovers a new sense of the Love word, and by giving a purpose, a schedule to Reese, he slowly grows out from his griefs, morphing to a better man.
A very lovely story of finding its right footing and its own voice.
I have just some questions, when and where is the plot set, I suppose around 1810, and London is to be the city, but I had problem to figure out how Reese’s town mansion could be so grand in the middle of the Capital. And how Sophie could go out without even a maid to attend with her.
4.5 stars for this charming story of two people who recognize instantly the chance they were given to taste love even if it was not to last.
I was granted an advance copy by the publisher St Martin’s Paperbacks, here is my true and unbiased opinion.
Miss Sophie Kendall looks forward to her secret meetings with the Debutante Underground every week. The meetings are a great escape from her impending marriage to a man she doesn't love in order to save her family from ruin. When Sophie is looking at an abandoned property for space to expand the meetings, she meets Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire. Henry hasn't slept in weeks but upon meeting Sophie, his inner turmoil is immediately calmed. So Henry makes a bargain with Sophie, his building in exchange for one night a week with him.
Sophie's family is on the verge of financial ruin in large part due to her father's alcoholism. The plan to save them rests fully on Sophie's shoulders with her agreement to marry a wealthy man she does not love. Sophie is an easy character to like and I think she's my favorite of the trio in this series. She's smart, loyal to those she cares about, and her mannerisms regarding organization make her relatable on a personal level. I liked that over time she was more able to express what she wanted rather than continuing to go along with what everyone expected of her.
As a second son, Reese was never supposed to inherit a title and so he joined the army. Soon after he returned home upon learning of his brother's passing, his men were killed in an ambush. Reese has a lot of survivor's guilt which has led to severe insomnia that is slowly killing him. Reese's situation is heartbreaking and by the time he meets Sophie, he's at his wit's end. The author does a good job having Reese work through his trauma throughout the book and I liked that he wasn't magically completely better by book's end.
Sophie and Reese's relationship has an interesting start, Reese finds Sophie trespassing in his building but is immediately drawn to her. The instant connection between these two was fantastic and I liked that they both felt it. The buildup in their romance is very slow as Sophie is betrothed to another for a large portion of the book. The obstacles to their relationship were realistic and I was happy overall with the way they were resolved. The chemistry between Sophie and Reese is amazingly done and I found myself anticipating the scenes where they got to be alone. The book is light on the steamy scenes with only a handful towards the end, but they were well done.
Overall When You Wish Upon a Rogue was as enjoyable as the rest of the series and I highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author writes next.
This was a page turned and I enjoyed it very much. However I wished it had an epilogue at the end as it felt a little unfinished.
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.